• WordNet 3.6
    • n susceptibility the state of being susceptible; easily affected
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first U.S. patent for an animal was issued to Harvard University in 1988 for an oncomouse, a genetically engineered mouse that's susceptible to breast cancer. It's used to test anti-cancer therapies.
    • Susceptibility Specifically, capacity for deep feeling or emotional excitement; sensibility, in its broadest acceptation; impressibility; sensitiveness.
    • Susceptibility The state or quality of being susceptible; the capability of receiving impressions, or of being affected.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Fish can be susceptible to seasickness.
    • n susceptibility The state or character of being susceptible; the capability of receiving impressions or change, or of being influenced or affected; sensitiveness.
    • n susceptibility Capacity for feeling or emotion of any kind; sensibility: often in the plural.
    • n susceptibility Specifically, a special tendency to experience emotion; peculiar mental sensitiveness.
    • n susceptibility In medicine, an unusual predisposition toward infection or the attacks of infectious disease.
    • n susceptibility In electricity, the ratio of the magnetization produced in a specimen of iron, or other material, to the magnetizing force.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Susceptibility quality of being susceptible: capability: sensibility
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  • Oscar Wilde
    “Temperament is the primary requisite for the critic -- a temperament exquisitely susceptible to beauty, and to the various impressions that beauty gives us.”
  • Desiderius Erasmus
    “Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.”
  • Dante Alighieri
    “The more perfect a thing is, the more susceptible to good and bad treatment it is.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. susceptibilité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. suscipĕre, susceptum, to take up—sub, up, capĕre, to take.


In literature:

She knew Hadria's emotional susceptibility.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
The Negro has elements in his nature that make him peculiarly susceptible to religious training.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
He was the more susceptible of such impressions, as his pains gave him a stronger bent to vexation.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
I think that with the object known as Eddie's "comet" passes away the last of our susceptibility to the common fallacy of personifying.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
She knew that it was letters such as this that appealed to the susceptible seafarers.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
She was therefore keenly susceptible not only to Imlay's love, but to his failings.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
It has pleased Providence to make me susceptible, whereas you are designed by nature for a monastic life.
"Stradella" by F(rancis) Marion Crawford
All antiseptics are not equally destructive, and some germs are more susceptible to one antiseptic than to another.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Many names are susceptible of two, three, or more explanations.
"The Romance of Names" by Ernest Weekley
This is acknowledged, and it is, I believe, susceptible of demonstration.
"The Young Maiden" by A. B. (Artemas Bowers) Muzzey

In poetry:

Flesh-and-blood is weak and frail,
Susceptible to nervous shock;
While the True Church can never fail
For it is based upon a rock.
"The Hippopotamus" by T S Eliot

In news:

The increasing financial squeeze on physicians is just beginning to be felt by the most susceptible patients.
Important trees can be susceptible to a number of hazards.
Hospital officials start to ask why the ER's suddenly so susceptible.
New BRCA1-Associated Breast Cancer Susceptibility Gene Identified.
UroShield Applied to Urinary Catheters Increases Susceptibility of Bacteria Biofilm to Antibiotic Treatment.
Before rushing to apply products to minimize rain cracking, what if you could know whether the block was susceptible to cracking before taking steps to prevent it.
Domestic politics color Iran's susceptibility to Western courtship.
New autism susceptibility genes identified.
Pneumonia, Susceptibility of Young Among Traits of Swine Flu.
The CLSI susceptible breakpoint for ceftiofur against S.
One is designed to close vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer versions 7, 8 and 9 that leaves the popular browser susceptible to a remote code execution.
Tips on healing the 5 areas of your body most susceptible to wintry conditions.
Physicians aren't much different than anyone else when it comes to susceptibility to addiction and prescription drug abuse.
Terror arrests highlight susceptibility of new Muslim converts to radical ideology .
It's a very funny -- and very dirty -- message warning citizens susceptible to voter suppression.

In science:

Figure 3 presents susceptibility data for selected temperatures above TD .
Crossover from classical to random-field critical exponents in As-doped TbVO4
The susceptibility exponent γ was found by fitting the various values of χ(T ) to the relation χ−1 ∝ |t|γ .
Crossover from classical to random-field critical exponents in As-doped TbVO4
Slopes in the small-field limit give susceptibilities.
Crossover from classical to random-field critical exponents in As-doped TbVO4
Cloc (τ ) for the local magnetic moment autocorrelations C zz jj (τ ) and C e loc (τ ) for the local energy autocorrelations C xx jj (τ ) (and similarly for susceptibilities).
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The complex dynamic linear and third-order nonlinear susceptibilities χ1 (ω) and χ3 (ω), respectively, are calculated as functions of frequency and temperature.
Dynamics of relaxor ferroelectrics